BEIJING: A Pakistani parliamentary delegation has proposed to their Chinese counterparts to establish engineering and medical universities in Pakistan for those Pakistani students who could not afford to study in China.
“We have proposed to the Chinese officials to establish Pak-China Engineering University and Pak-China Medical University in Pakistan for providing higher education facilities to those students who could not afford to go to China,” Riaz Fatyana MNA told the Media here on Wednesday.
Fatyana is heading a three-member parliamentary delegation comprising MNAs Junaid Akbar and Mehnaz Akbar Aziz at the third Interregional Seminar on the achievement of SDGs for Parliaments of Developing Countries held here.
The seminar was co-hosted by National People’s Congress (NPC) of China and the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU).
He said around 22,000 Pakistani students were currently studying in China and due to which a large amount of foreign exchange was being transferred to China.
Riaz Fatyana said the delegation discussed different issues including the energy sector, roads and railways during the seminar.
“We presented our point of view and our members of the parliament actively participated in different sessions of the seminar,” he added.
He informed that during the discussions and debates on various topics, the Pakistani delegation openly showed its concerns over issues including an imbalance in the imports and exports and the debt repayment etc.
“We have informed the Chinese side that Pakistan has surplus wheat and rice and they should import these crops from Pakistan helping us to narrow the gap in the imports and exports,” he added.
He said that the government wanted early laying of fiber optic between China and Pakistan as early as possible, adding, “We have proposed to the Chinese companies to come forward and invest in the energy sector particularly renewable energy like wind, solar and hydel in Pakistan.”
Riaz Fatyana said the delegation also recommended to start work on the social, education and sanitation sectors as well as industrial and economic zones being completed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework.
He said after the revival of economic activities, people would get employment and added that the communication sector was being upgraded.
At present, the energy projects were up to 70 percent of the CPEC, he said and added, two high voltage power transmission lines were being constructed.
The MNA said that 72 percent of electricity was being produced through coal-powered plants while the remaining hydel and wind electricity projects would be completed at an early date
He pointed out that the efficiency of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Plant was not up to the mark as a result of environmental issues and proposed to make efforts to increase its production.
He said the delegation apprised the Chinese side that more Pakistani companies, businessmen, technicians, and skilled labors should be engaged in the CPEC projects enabling them to increase their share and get more employment opportunities.
The Chinese side assured the delegation to look into the recommendations and proposal presented by the members of Pakistani delegation during the seminar.
The delegation will also visit Chinese cities of Xian and Nanjing before leaving for home from Shanghai.
Student groups clash in QAU
ISLAMABAD: Two student groups clashed in Quaid e Azam University (QAU) here on Tuesday however, later due to efforts of the city administration the situation was brought under control.
According to official sources, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent Police reached the site and controlled the situation.
In a tweet, the Deputy Commissioner said, “Negotiations are going on. It’s unfortunate to see that few mischief mongers have disturbed entire university.”
KU receives 12,135 admission forms
KARACHI: The University of Karachi (KU) has received as many as 12,135 admission forms for 1,767 seats of various bachelor and master’s programmes, the KU Public Relations Office informed today.
The admission would be given on entry-test-based-results and the National Testing Service (NTS) would conduct written test on December 2. Along with the aspiring candidates of bachelor and master’s programmes, Doctor of Pharmacy (both morning and evening programmes) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (morning programme), are scheduled to appear in the entry test.
The written test schedule would be uploaded on official websites of KU and NTS. The websites are www.uok.edu.pk and www.nts.org.pk respectively. The KU would also inform the candidates through Short Message Service (SMS) and electronic mail (email). The KU would upload the link of admit cards, which would be provided by the NTS so that candidates could get printouts of their cards. Meanwhile, the entry test of the department of visual studies would be conducted at the department of political sciences at 10 am, on November 25.
The Vice Chancellor, KU, Professor Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan expressed his gratitude that candidates did not face any kind of difficulty this year while submitting their online admission forms. “We are receiving positive feedback about the recently launched online admission system on the Campus.” He said that some sort of difficulties may occur whenever the new task is initiated but our topmost priority was to provide better and standard services to the candidates. “Due to this online admission system, the candidates were not bothered to stand in long queues.” The KU VC believes that this system would further improve and more facilities would be provided to the candidates next year.
My Bookshelf’ attracts people at NBF
ISLAMABAD: ‘My Bookshelf’ at National Book Foundation (NBF) has been attracting people who visit NBF for purchasing of books or obtaining Readers Club card.
‘My Bookshelf’ was established with the objective to promote book culture and reading habits among the people. According to an official of NBF on Monday, it contains books on history, literature, autobiography, philosophy, Islamic studies, Pakistan studies, general knowledge, travelogue, novels, short stories, and translations etc.
He said the innovative scheme was initiated in 2014 by Managing Director Inam-ul-Haq Javed with the objective to promote book reading in the society.
He said people take books of their choice from the shelf on daily basis, as it draws their attention with its unique theme.